The strength of our community is in the awesomeness of the smaller groups and people who lead and get together in ways big and small, visible and often behind-the-scenes. Get involved!
It can feel intimidating to walk into services on a Friday night and face a room full of strangers. We’ve figured out a cure for that feeling: Shabbat dinner with Mishkanites in your neighborhood. Or celebrating Havdallah on a rooftop with people who share a piece of your story. Or greeting people as they walk through the door at a holiday or Shabbat. Whether you’re looking to just show up, get involved as a leader, or provide some kind of service in community, we’ll hook you up.
Maggie’s Place is a center at Mishkan Chicago dedicated to building community through a holistic approach to wellness. A place to drop by, meet new people, expand your mind, get support, have a coffee, hear an interesting speaker— a place to be you, in community.
Mishkanites are taking it to the streets, creating micro-communities of people who want to do Jewish in neighborhoods across the city. Last season we had Locals in Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Lincoln Square, Lakeview, Andersonville AND the ‘Burbs, too!
40’s + Social Events
Our 40s+ social team host events and opportunities that speak to our more life-experienced Mishkanites.Gathering before services for wine and cheese, or on a rooftop for a mid-summer Havdallah house party, or over drinks and hors-d’oeuvres at a local distillery, this affinity group is space for people over 40 at Mishkan to connect. Sign up to get on our 40s+ email list.
Social Justice Team
Tikkun– Healing, repairing what’s broken, is one of the core values at Mishkan. Channeling the energy we create in our services and leaning into social activism is important now more than ever.
Does Judaism take a position on preemptive war? What’s our story with body piercing and tattoos? Do we really think we’re “chosen?” Okay, let’s just go there: What’s the point of our existence on Earth?
For many of us it’s been years since our conversations about world affairs or personal issues included a Jewish dimension. We get input and information from so many sources- the news, the web, our parents, our friends, what we see on the street (and, let’s be honest, what NPR tells us is important). Rarely do we create opportunities to talk about the issues that really matter, informed and challenged by knowing what Jewish tradition might have to say on them. A Mishkan House Party is a way to bring together you and a few friends over good wine and food, to focus in on the issue of your choice and bring Jewish text and tradition to bear on it – you suggest the issue and our rabbi will work out the Jewish angle on it.
It’s about conversation and connection. Get in touch to find out where our next House Party will be, and how to get in on it.
We believe in empowering young adults to help weave the fabric of a dynamic spiritual community that speaks the language of the next generation. That’s why we take leadership seriously and empower young adults to take roles as service leaders and teachers. Find out more about our Leadership Fellowship.
It takes hands and hearts to make this thing we do happen– from services, to holiday experiences and social events, we couldn’t do the work we do without the amazing group of givers who lend themselves to the planning, prepping and staffing of Mishkan events and programs. Want to get involved? We’d love to talk to you!